The 2019 Christmas meal for the elderly and members of the community that would be alone on Christmas Day was made possible once again by The Ross-on-Wye Lions Club who fund the event and EnviroAbility who do the organising. More bookings than ever this year were taken for people attending the centre on Christmas Day along with a record number of home deliveries that were taken out by Volunteers.
The day was enjoyed by all who attended. A total of 86 meals were prepared and served, including 21 home deliveries to those that were unable to make it to the Larruperz Centre.
Hot meals are sent out with volunteers, members and friends of The Ross Lions to people who were unable to get to the Larruperz on Christmas Day. The meals are delivered to the people’s homes and on arrival they serve up the dinner along with a Christmas cracker, a present, a potted plant and a mini bottle of wine. One meal per driver is sent out to the home deliveries, so the volunteer can stay and have a chat so the person has some friendly contact on Christmas Day.
The Ross Lions said: “Ross Lions are proud to sponsor the Christmas Day Lunch and members and their family's were pleased to help by taking meals to those who were unable to leave their homes to join in”.
Volunteer helpers from The Lions Club and EnviroAbility at The 2019 Larrupertz Christmas Lunch
Many volunteers and family's came together for the day to help to ensure the day ran smoothly. Antony Humble – one of the Chefs at The King’s Head in Ross-On-Wye volunteered to cook again this year. The Ross Action Bus, RVS and Gwalia Hire offered use of their minibuses to transport people to and from the Larruperz Centre and Age Concern continued their involvement. Again, the support from local businesses has played a big part in making the meal a success, with J.P.Produce donating all of the vegetables and potatoes. Ross Garden Store donated potted plants as a gift for all the guests. Turkeys this year were kindly donated by Sun Valley In Hereford and taken to Model Farm, Farm shop where the butchers gave up their time to prepare the turkeys ready to be cooked. Ross Scouts Group donated Mince pies which were enjoyed by Volunteers who gave up their time on Christmas Eve to prepare for the event.
Sarah O’ Neill who volunteered with her family this year wonderfully sang 15 minuets of Christmas carols which was enjoyed by all. Sarah told the Ross Gazette” Myself and my Family did not know what to expect when we offered to volunteer this year, but we had such a lovely day, everyone was very inviting and it was a great atmosphere. It was lovely to see such a mix of people enjoying the day together, and our names are on the list already for next year”.
One volunteer who has been involved for the past 2 years said: “i used to hate Christmas, until I found out about this”
Kind donations were accepted from PGL and the Ross Phoenix Singers.
Sam Humble from EnviroAbility said “Everyone who came to the event said they thought there was a friendly, fun and welcoming atmosphere. Some people said the food was exquisite. A special thank you to the volunteers who gave up their time to be a part of making the day so special, for so many. I was impressed by how many younger volunteers helped out, all playing a vital part in the day, whether it was writing name tags for all the volunteers, being host to a table or dishing out the food. We look forward to seeing you again later on this year”.